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Hugo Chavez closes TV network

Postby Rodolfo » Mon May 28, 2007 11:40 am

Yesterday was the last day that Radio Caracas TV was allowed to broadcast. The president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, has decided not to renew thier license because they criticize too much his government. BBC news

All acts against freedom of expression are extremelly serious, and unfortunately they happen in a lot of places. But what made me decide to point out this abuse of power is the support that Chávez enjoy among lots of people.

If it is not enough being (and he is proud!) friend of a bloody tyrant like Castro, I wonder how people still like him after all the attacks against all kinds of freedom. Because this is only the last episode of a very sad series.

There is one aspect about him that most of you can not understand, because you do not speak spanish. And it is not just what he says, but the way he talks. Imagine the most pathetic clown of your country, but here is the president of a country. It would be hilarious if it was not because he is erasing the human rights of a whole country, and helping others to develope their own way to ruin.

Delenda est Chávez.
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Postby Durbz » Mon May 28, 2007 12:36 pm

Rodolfo wrote:
There is one aspect about him that most of you can not understand, because you do not speak spanish. And it is not just what he says, but the way he talks. Imagine the most pathetic clown of your country, but here is the president of a country. It would be hilarious if it was not because he is erasing the human rights of a whole country, and helping others to develope their own way to ruin.

Delenda est Chávez.



erm have you never listened to bush giving a speech? I fear your Chavez is not unique
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Postby kofoed » Mon May 28, 2007 1:15 pm

I found his World Tour last year quite amusing. He went to: Cuba, Russia, Belarus, China, Vietnam, Iran and Quatar.

He also intended to pay a visit to the North Korean government in Pyonjang but that visit was postponed.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/5205770.stm

He sure knows where he belongs judging by his choice of "friends".
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Re: Hugo Chavez closes TV network

Postby Rodolfo » Mon May 28, 2007 1:44 pm

Durbz wrote:
Rodolfo wrote:
There is one aspect about him that most of you can not understand, because you do not speak spanish. And it is not just what he says, but the way he talks. Imagine the most pathetic clown of your country, but here is the president of a country. It would be hilarious if it was not because he is erasing the human rights of a whole country, and helping others to develope their own way to ruin.

Delenda est Chávez.



erm have you never listened to bush giving a speech? I fear your Chavez is not unique


erm I guess that Bush does not have his own tv program, that lasts for hours until he has had enough? Check for "Alo Presidente"

Extracts of this program are very popular in spanish humour tv shows. Chávez talks, sings, reads poetry and abuses oposition. Terribly laughable, if it was not for the millions suffering his rule.
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Postby Freshmaker » Mon May 28, 2007 2:25 pm

What Rodolfo said ffs; Delenda est Chávez

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Postby filippodb » Mon May 28, 2007 8:21 pm

Well chavez was democraticly elected twice in venezuela and when on April 2002 the world awoke to the news that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez had been removed from office and had been replaced by a new interim government we had in fact the first Latin American coup of the 21st century, and the world's first media coup...

the television that supported all the attempt to golpe was Radio Caracas TV, together with Venevision television with even interviews to the new government!! :lol: :lol:

The April 11 coup was both an object lesson in the power of the corporate media in the modern world.

Having supported, encouraged, legitimised and even participated in the coup, Venezuela's private media then found themselves utterly redundant as the Venezuelan public - aware they were being fed a diet of lies and distortion - turned to foreign and non-corporate sources of information in order to discover the truth about the coup, this is the incredible documentary of the facts:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid ... 5689805144


remember: it is expected that President Chavez will, in effect, nationalise the oil and gas industries, taking a majority share in their ownership.

The move will involve companies like Exxon, BP and Chevron but it is uncertain what, if any, form of compensation those companies might receive.

In December 2002, in another attempt to oust Chavez, Caracas TV and Fedecamaras organised a General strike, which despite causing widespread economic damage – particularly in the oil industry – failed.

Although, closing a television is not a great idea, on last September, Chávez delivered a speech to the United Nations General Assembly damning U.S. President George Bush. In the speech Chávez referred to Bush as "the devil", adding that Bush, who had given a speech to the assembly a day earlier, had come to the General Assembly to "share his nostrums to try to preserve the current pattern of domination, exploitation and pillage of the peoples of the world." Although it was widely condemned by U.S. politicians and media, the speech was received with "wild applause" in the Assembly :wink:
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Postby filippodb » Mon May 28, 2007 8:36 pm

I forgot that the biggest TV network is owned by Cisneros group, Gustavo Cisneros is also a friend of former US president - and father of the current incumbent - George Bush snr. They have reportedly enjoyed fishing and golfing trips together and Bush snr has spent holidays on Cisnero's property in Venezuela. Cisneros was a keen supporter of the privatisation of the state oil company, PDVSA. :D

Venezuela's five largest television channels - Venevisión, Radio Caracas Televisión (RCTV), Globovisión and CMT - are privately owned and universally hostile to the Chavez government. Aligned with them, are nine of the ten major national newspapers.

Against this formidable media muscle, the government could muster just one television channel - the state-owned Channel 8 - and a small section of the print media :shock:

read venezuela press power: http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle ... temID=2321

so who's the dictator now? :wink:
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Postby filippodb » Mon May 28, 2007 9:02 pm

oh can you all try to read different stories as we know BBC here is one example of misreporting in its usual style of deference to power interests at home and abroad. May 28 on the World Service, it reported RCTV's license wasn't renewed because "it supported opposition candidates" in a gross perversion of the facts, but that's how BBC operates.

BBC online was more nuanced and measured, but nonetheless off the mark in key comments like reporting "Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in Caracas Sunday, some to celebrate, others to protest" RCTV's shuttering. Unexplained was that Chavez supporters way outnumbered opponents who nearly always are part of rightist/corporate-led staged for the media events in contrast to spontaneous pro-government crowds assembling in huge numbers at times, especially whenever Chavez addresses them publicly.
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Postby Rodolfo » Mon May 28, 2007 9:07 pm

filippodb wrote:Well chavez was democraticly elected twice in venezuela and when on April 2002 the world awoke to the news that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez had been removed from office and had been replaced by a new interim government we had in fact the first Latin American coup of the 21st century, and the world's first media coup...


But I thought revolutions were cool :D

I believe that those who participated in the coup (by the way, Chávez knows a lot about coups) had to answer in the justice court. Closing a tv now for a "crime" supposedly perpetrated 5 years ago does not sound very good to me.

I rather tend to think that is just another step in his eternization in the presidency. It is very useful the elimination of enemy media in order to win another referendum to allow him for another extra term, in order to really begin with the bolivarian revolution.

He is currently ruling by decree. I guess that this is enough to get some aplausse in that council of corruption and mostly non democracies called the UN.
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Postby Rodolfo » Mon May 28, 2007 9:16 pm

filippodb wrote:Unexplained was that Chavez supporters way outnumbered opponents who nearly always are part of rightist/corporate-led staged for the media events in contrast to spontaneous pro-government crowds assembling in huge numbers at times, especially whenever Chavez addresses them publicly.


Do you really believe that on one side there is a bunch of big bussines brain washed zombies and on the other side a human pro government spontaneous reaction :shock: ?

We either accept they are all intelligent or they are all manipulated. And if we would agree on the later, then democracy just do not work, and we better let some administration officer to decide what is good for us.
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Postby filippodb » Mon May 28, 2007 9:29 pm

Chávez of Venezuela has been the subject of many controversies.

His critics often accuse him of laying the groundwork for dictatorship, despite the democratic credentials of his government.

Chávez was democratically elected in 1998 and again in 2000 under a new constitution. He then won a recall election in 2004, which was certified by observers from the Carter Center and the Organization of American States. Chávez was re-elected last December by 63 percent of voters, a result again certified by international observers including the OAS and the European Union. Chávez has pledged to accelerate policies that have given poor Venezuelans vastly increased access to health care, education, and subsidized food, and in the last three and a half years of political stability, a remarkable 40 percent increase in the economy.

Those are the basic facts.


About Rádio Caracas Televisión (RCTV):

is one of the biggest television networks in Venezuela. It airs news and entertainment programs. It is also openly opposed to the government, including by supporting a military coup that briefly ousted Chávez in 2002. (More information available on what Le Monde Diplomatique has called Venezuela's "hate media".) During the oil strike of 2002-2003, the station repeatedly called upon its viewers to come out into the street and help topple the government. As part of its continuing political campaign against the government, the station has also used false allegations, sometimes with gruesome and violent imagery, to convince its viewers that the government was responsible for such crimes as murders where there was no evidence of government involvement.

According to a law enacted in 1987, the licenses given to RCTV and other stations to use the public airwaves expire on May 27. President Chávez has publicly declared that RCTV's license will not be renewed, citing its involvement in the coup. Although it will not be able to continue to use the public broadcast frequencies, the station will still be able to send its signal out over cable, satellite, and the Internet.

The U.S. media, much of which has been unsuccessfully predicting dictatorship under Chávez for years, has used this case to make accusations of censorship and the end of press freedom in Venezuela.
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Postby jesper » Mon May 28, 2007 9:43 pm

Filippo, remember when Wonka was banned for flooding the forum with propaganda from the BNP website pretending he wrote it himself?

Please STOP to cut and paste stuff you didn't write without putting it into quotes and citing the source :evil:

Source: http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle ... emID=12900
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Postby jesper » Mon May 28, 2007 9:47 pm

"President Hugo Chávez is misusing the state's regulatory authority to punish a media outlet for its criticism of the government. The move to shut down RCTV is a serious blow to freedom of expression in Venezuela."
- José Miguel Vivanco, Americas director at Human Rights Watch. [1]

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